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Debra Koivunen

Debra Koivunen, MD

Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Tel: (573) 882-4637
MA101 Medical Sciences Building


Christi CranmerChristi Cranmer

Tel: (573) 882-8885
MA101 Medical Sciences Building


Louise Hay

Louise Hay Ed.S.

Instructional Design Specialist
Tel: (573) 884-4834
MA101 Medical Sciences Building


Charles Rudkin

Charles C. Rudkin, BS

GME Support Specialist
Tel: (573) 882-4637
MA101 Medical Sciences Building

GME Staff

Front Row: Debra Koivunen, DIO and Christy Cranmer – Administrator
Top Row: Charles Rudkin – Residency Programs Coordinator & Caprice Leighton, Software Support Analyst- Specialist (not pictured: Louise Hay, Instructional Design Specialist)


Office of the Ombudsman
  • Christopher Sampson, MD, FAECP
  • Faculty from the Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Associate Residency Program Director
  • Joined the faculty at University of Missouri in 2013
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, Washington University in St. Louis, 2003-2007

The Ombudsman's office offers confidential and anonymous support and advocacy specifically to all house staff of the University of Missouri Hospital System.  The role of the ombudsman is to investigate and facilitate resolution of the allegations by any student of perceived unfair, inappropriate, discriminating or harassing treatment (behavior) by faculty, staff, administrators, or fellow residents.  This includes violations of University policy of equal treatment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, veteran status, sex, sexual preference, age, national or ethnic origin, or handicap.  Acting as an advocate for fairness, the ombudsman provides information about institutional policies and works to help students manage conflicts, understand the university system, and learn more productive ways of communicating.

As an impartial party, the ombudsman's office provides a safe place for house staff to be heard and to receive impartial attention without fear or loss of privacy.  The ombudsman can assist you in making informed, empowered, and educated decisions to address your situation.  Consultations are kept confidential unless the student grants the ombudsman permission to discuss issues with involved parties or administrators.

Contact Information

For confidential inquiries or reports of concern about fair, equitable, and respectful treatment or other issues encountered at UMHS as a house officer, the ombudsman may be contacted through email.
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